The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Delhi Government for not filling up over 6,000 vacancies of teachers in its schools in the Capital
It said the responsibility should be entrusted to some other agency if Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) cannot do it timely.
A bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari ordered the Delhi Government to file an affidavit within two weeks giving a schedule for filling up the vacancies.
It asked the DSSSB and the Union Public Service Commission — the agencies involved in the process of appointment of teachers, principals and vice principals — to file affidavits explaining their stand and fixed March 9 for hearing.
“When you know that vacancies are to arise, why can’t you start the process in advance for filling them up?” asked the bench and wondered what kind of coordination was there between the agencies involved in teachers’ selection process and the Delhi Government.
The bench was hearing a PIL filed in 2004 by the Environment and Consumer Protection Foundation highlighting the plight of government-run schools in Delhi and lack of basic facilities like drinking water, toilets and buildings.
The court also asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to file an affidavit about the infrastructure facilities in its 1,721 schools after petitioner’s counsel Ravindra Bana complained that the civic agency has yet to give a status report.
According to Bana, many MCD schools were being run in tents and they lacked even the basic facilities like potable water and toilets.